Production & Suppliers

WFTO Inside View: Manos del Uruguay

Ana de Prado, product designer at the artisan producer Manos del Uruguay, shares how they have navigated 57 years of successful fair trade business. Including how they have overcome challenges, how they have combined fair trade with profitability, and their 3 recommendations for other businesses striving to do the same.

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Manos del Uruguay is a fashion producer and brand made up of and owned by 12 women’s producer cooperatives across Uruguay. They exist to serve these women, and always prioritise their mission to provide livelihoods and personal development opportunities for rural women in Uruguay. They reinvest and redistribute all their profits to benefit their producers. In order to achieve their social mission, they had to find a sustainable and resilient business structure, which ens…

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